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For faculty, librarians and archivists

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) is a union representing about 1,500 faculty members and 50 librarians and archivists at the University of Western Ontario in London.

UWOFA negotiates collective agreements, advises members on employment matters, handles workplace disputes and grievances, and advances the professional interests of faculty members, academic librarians and archivists.

In the broader community, UWOFA representatives meet with provincial and federal politicians to ensure members' voices are heard and reflected in education and labour policy decisions. As well, UWOFA strives to engage members and citizens through awareness campaigns regarding post-secondary education during general membership meetings, community events, contact with journalists, and town hall discussions.

 

Call for Nominations: Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award

This is a reminder that the deadline to nominate a UWOFA member for the Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award is February 28, 2019.

The Allan Heinicke Memorial Service Award was established in honour of the late Allan Heinicke, former Chair and President of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association and latterly financial, technical and policy analyst. This award was instituted to honour and to recognize outstanding service and achievement in financial, technical, or policy development and/or analysis supporting the aims of UWOFA.

All members and former members of UWOFA are eligible to receive this award including full-time and part-time faculty, librarians and archivists. All members of UWOFA are eligible to nominate members and former members for this award.

The nomination form is available here.

Please contact Jane Laforge at uwofa [at] uwo [dot] ca with any questions.

Report of the OCUFA Student Questionnaires on Courses and Teaching Working Group

The report of OCUFA's Working Group on Student Questionnaires on Courses and Teaching (SQCT) has now been released. Prompted by increasing reports of the misuse of results and the harassment of faculty through anonymous comments, and by suggestions in the policy community that SQCT scores be used as university "performance" metrics, OCUFA established the working group in 2016 to examine these issues.

UWOFA partnering with Academics Without Borders

UWOFA is partnering with Western's Academics Without Borders committee to raise awareness about future opportunities to volunteer with the organization.

UWOFA advocacy update - February

A summary of UWOFA's work in December and January.

UWOFA supports students and affordable education

The University of Western Ontario Faculty Association (UWOFA) stands with students in opposition to the OSAP changes recently announced by the provincial government. The announcement includes cuts to grants for low-income students, a move that will force those in need to take on more student debt. “Cutting needs-based grants flies in the face of affordable post-secondary education,” said UWOFA president Dan Belliveau. “The provincial government should make it easier for students to go to university, not harder and more stressful.”